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  • Merchant Cash Advances Are Expensive Small Biz Lifeline Thursday, 10 May 2012 | 9:52 AM ET
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    In this era of tight money, many small businesses feel that they've been hung out to dry by traditional lenders, a new survey shows. As a result, a growing number of companies are turning to alternative sources of funding, such as merchant cash advances.

  • Investors Less Likely to Back Women-Led Ventures Wednesday, 9 May 2012 | 3:40 PM ET
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    A new study shows businesses that are run by women have a harder time gathering investors.

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    Hotels have found a new business opportunity in today's mobile, technology-driven world: selling small, tech-equipped meeting rooms for private business gatherings.

  • How Some Companies Expand in a Stalled Economy Wednesday, 9 May 2012 | 10:42 AM ET
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    Lots of people advise staying aggressive during a difficult economy, but spending money when times are tough can be scary. Here's how three companies forged ahead in the middle of a recession.

  • Business Mistake

    Whether you own your own company now, are thinking about starting one or just have Facebook dreams of riches, take a few minutes and think about the basics before you invest another hour of time.

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    A new report lists home health care as one of the top five most profitable franchises in the U.S.

  • Local Regulations Can Stifle Job Growth: Opinion Tuesday, 8 May 2012 | 10:35 AM ET
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    A new survey, by Thumbtack.com, shows that while overall tax rates and states and municipalities is an issue for small business owners, local regulations and licensing requirements pose even larger challenges.

  • Manufacturers Search for Workers to Sustain Revival Tuesday, 8 May 2012 | 10:07 AM ET
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    Manufacturing in the U.S. is beginning to grow again and skilled workers are needed to sustain its revival.

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    Small business owners were more optimistic in April, but compared to a year ago they haven’t really moved the needle forward on feeling more confident about the economy.

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    Aafter years of pain for America’s manufacturing sector and its workers, some economists and analysts are wondering if the tide may be turning.

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    Most small businesses are seeing a recovery in revenues, according to a recent report from Intuit.

  • Leaving Wall Street to Brew New Profits Friday, 4 May 2012 | 1:03 PM ET
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    These three guys left Wall Street to brew up a better life and, maybe, better profits. They're all starting up craft breweries, and talked about their new life at the 29th annual Craft Brewers Conference in San Diego.

  • Entrepreneurs Make a Splash in Wal-Mart Competition Friday, 4 May 2012 | 11:54 AM ET
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    Wal-Mart Stores has announced the winners of its Get On The Shelf competition, an "American Idol"-like contest that attracted more than 4,000 products from inventors, entrepreneurs and small businesses across the nation.

  • No 'Barn Burner' for Job Growth: Surveys Friday, 4 May 2012 | 9:45 AM ET
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    Uncertainty surrounding the economy, combined with a lack of qualified workers and improved efficiencies with current operations are among the reasons cited in two separate surveys as reasons why job growth in the U.S. has stalled.

  • Emerging Markets Globe

    Start ups can improve their odds for success when expanding into international markets, new research suggests.

  • Berlin: The Next Hub for Tech Start Ups Thursday, 3 May 2012 | 10:17 AM ET
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    Berlin is beginning to rival London and Silicon Valley in the number of tech start ups.

  • Ordering a Cheeseburger? There's an iPad for That Wednesday, 2 May 2012 | 2:07 PM ET
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    Classic American comfort food is going high tech at one California restaurant chain. The company is one of many across the country that are betting the same product that has brought big profits for Apple will also boost their bottom lines.

  • The Best States to Start a Business Wednesday, 2 May 2012 | 1:28 PM ET
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    Inhospitable business environments mean fewer jobs, as entrepreneurs and established corporations seek more cost-efficient and tax-friendly locales.

  • JOBS Act Is Not Just an IPO On-Ramp: Opinion Wednesday, 2 May 2012 | 12:17 PM ET
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    Guest columnist Brian Hamilton says he believes that while there are pieces of the JOBS Act that will encourage public listings, other aspects will reinforce the ability of companies that want to stay private to do so while giving others new options for raising capital outside of public markets.

  • Business Owners Ready to Take the Money and Run Wednesday, 2 May 2012 | 10:21 AM ET
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    Business-for-sale market conditions have improved in the first quarter of 2012, a recent survey found, spurring business owners that had been on the sidelines to think about selling now.

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